NFL struggles with message of "unity" in opening week

The opening week of games also saw “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” colloquially known as the Black national anthem, sung prior to kick-off along with the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Sunday’s slate of games saw six teams stay in the locker room while the anthems were being played.

During pre-game warmups, numerous players wore various gear in support of the BLM movement. Notably, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton featured cleats that were emblazoned with the phrases “7 Shots” and “No Justice No Peace.”

“7 Shots” refers to Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Black man who was shot seven times in the back at point-blank range by police in Kenosha, Wis., three weeks ago.